Monday, February 19, 2018

Lincoln’s Towering Genius

“Towering genius disdains a beaten path.  It seeks regions hitherto unexplored”  Abraham Lincoln, Lyceum address 1838
OK, so he wasn’t really talking about towers per se….or at all.  

The person he could be referring to could easily be himself 24 years later and one month before he signed the Emancipation Proclamation.  He spoke before Congress in 1862 saying: “The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion.  As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.”

What fascinates us about great men like Lincoln and Washington is their steadfastness in the face of diversity and chaos.  And we’re not talking annoying setbacks or minor squabbles but seemingly insurmountable hurdles that, if not overcome, would change the course of America’s history.  They not only faced opposition from great armies dedicated to their personal destruction but from friends, confidantes and colleagues…even their own government… who doubted them at critical moments.  Continue Reading

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